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Riverdale – The Midnight Club (3×04)

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This is how our parents came to be.

It all goes back to a dangerous and unexpected game that has weaseled its way back into the halls of Riverdale high and forced Alice, FP, Ciara, Hermione, Fred, Hiram and Tommy to re-live what was known as the age of “The Midnight Club.”

Understanding the origins of Griffins and Gargoyles simultaneously answered many questions we had about the parents’ past.

For starters, Alice was already pregnant with FP’s baby when they all landed in detention, FP was a jock with a promising future but his father was abusive, and much like Archie, Fred carried the burden of the world on his shoulders since his father was gravely ill.

However, the most surprising revelation was that Penelope isn’t actually a Blossom. As the teens were all sharing secrets, she revealed that she grew up at The Sisters of Quiet Mercy before getting adopted by a couple who groomed her to go from being Clifford’s sister to his life companion.

Gross, right? I never thought I’d say this but you actually have to feel bad for Penelope.

As for Hermione, we’re more understanding of her decision to spend the rest of her life with Hiram Lodge because she didn’t want to clean toilets like her mother. She thought Hiram had it all figured out, but little did she know, she’d have to give up her freedom for this life of luxury.

I had my expectation set pretty low for this episode, but I’ll gladly admit that it exceeded them all and then some!

Everyone did such a phenomenal job getting into the roles of the parents. Yes, there were moments where I had to remind myself that I was watching Alice Smith and not some dark version of Betty again, but otherwise, it was great fun seeing them in these reimagined roles.

Biggest props go to Cole Sprouse for really nailing FP’mannerisms and swag. Also, the wardrobe department definitely knew what they were doing!

As G&G spreads through the halls of present-day Riverdale High, Betty becomes increasingly curious about what her mother knows about it. Especially since she and FP were so triggered by Jughead having the rule book.

It’s going to take a lot more than Hermione making a plea for everyone not to play the game to stop them from playing the game.

Doesn’t she know that telling someone they can’t do something only makes them want to do it more? That’s like psych 101.

Therefore, Hermione just ensured that all the kids were going to be playing it.

After a call from the morgue, Betty finally had concrete proof that someone died with blue lips when her mother was in high school and so Alice has no choice but to fess up to what really happened during a year that “smelled like teen spirit.”

Cue the flashbacks.

The game was found in a teacher’s secret drawer and served as their escape from a grim reality.

What started out as innocent fun soon turned into a full-on addiction. Before they knew it, they had ditched the board and began role-playing characters and quests, even joining forces with an opposing team which included Hiram and Tommy. Who knew those two would ever be on the same team?

Eventually, they received mysterious invites to an ascension party which turned into a Fizzle Rocks induced party.

It’s important to note that none of them fessed up to organizing the event nor did any of them know ascension meant “dying for the cause.”

Alice was the only sober one the whole night because, you know, she was pregnant.

Therefore, she’s the only one who saw the chalices filled to the brim with blue liquid, which they later found out killed Principal Featherhead, and she was the only one who saw the terrifying Gargoyle King in the flesh.

Fearing that someone would blame them for the crime if they knew they were doped up and trespassing, they made a pact never to talk about what happened.

Those of you that guessed the parents’ secret would be a darker take on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” you were pretty accurate.

That night is also what changed them and formed them into the people — the strangers — they are today.

Fred gave up music after his father died to work at the fam business, the Catholic school girl went against her mother’s wishes and began a lifetime of compromises with petty criminal Hiram Lodge, Romeo and Juliet aka Tom and Ciara took their curtain call because they were too “different,” game master Penelope became a pawn and grew a liking to Thornhill and Clifford (hey, Jason!), high school MVP FP became a greaser gang member, and Alice traded in her Serpent jacket for a Betty pink blazer and a jock named Hal Cooper.

Ah, so many decisions they were going to regret one day! Don’t you wish you could go back and try to stop them?

While the G&G backstory is illuminating, it still doesn’t tell us who is responsible for resurrecting the game in the present day nor does it reveal who tried to poison one of their own when Featherhead became an unintentional victim.

Based on Betty’s assumptions, someone from the Midnight Club had to be responsible then and could very well be responsible now.

This brings us to our latest mystery — who is the Gargoyle King?

I have to point out that in the flashbacks, I didn’t see much of FP Jones running amok in the halls. However, given how terrified he was of the game returning, I don’t think he’s responsible.

However, Hiram Lodge was a petty criminal then and he’s certainly only gotten worse. Not to mention, he was the one who brought the drugs in the first place.

For someone who is constantly trying to keep his reign on Riverdale and incite fear, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was behind the resurrection of a game that preys on impressionable minds and induces paranoia, delusions and violence.

How is any of that different than what he did to Archie last season?

Not only are we trying to figure out who is behind the game, but as we see, Betty now has a problem with Jughead being addicted to the game.

If the scene we saw towards the end was real and not a hallucination on her part then Jughead is a goner.

The deranged look in his eyes paired with talk of getting to the third level, ascending and beating “him” shows us that he’s in too deep.

Will Betty be able to save him?

And let’s not forget that The Farm is still in Riverdale and could very well have played some part the spreading of the game.

Other Thoughts

  • Fibes instead of Forbes. Riverdale’s twists on everyday objects and places is always hilarious.
  • I need adult FP and Fred to recreate that streaking scene. Pretty please.
  • I really love that what’s old is new again. I didn’t know Ciara and Tommy dated back in the day but the revelation makes their relationship so much more logical now.
  • FP tries to hook up with Hermione! Weird.
  • Fred and Alice hooked up while she was pregnant! Scandalous!
  • The old school version of the game allowed the cast to become versions of their comic book characters! Did you see Juggie’s crown?

What did you think of the flashback episode?

Did it give you some insight and a better understanding of the parents? Were you hoping for more? Are you a fan of the G&G storyline? Were the parents always monsters? Did the game turn them into monsters?


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‘Riverdale’ Time Jump: Meet Veronica’s Husband (Nope, It’s Not Archiekins)

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'Riverdale' Time Jump Casting: Meet Veronica's Husband (Nope, It's Not Archiekins)

Changes are underway for our favorite Riverdale residents when season 5 premieres and this casting news is not going to sit well with “Varchie” fans.

The CW series cast The Perfectionists Chris Mason to play Veronica Lodge’s husband, Deadline reports.

Now, you might be wondering why Veronica has a husband in high school, but the series is planning to time jump several years once it wraps up the remaining episodes from season 4 that were delayed by the COVID pandemic, which include senior prom and graduation.

This all means that in those few years, Veronica and Archie called it quits. Maybe it had something to do with his feelings for Betty Cooper?

First Look: ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Prom Night, VHS Tape Mystery and More

The casting also reveals that Ronnie will be making her way to the Big Apple following high school as Mason, who will play a Chad Gekko, is described as a Wall Street banker. 

And you know how Archie is all easy-going and artistic? Well, that’s not Chad at all. Veronica’s husband is described as a “controlling and jealous alpha male.” Hmmm, sounds like Hiram Lodge, right?

“Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie,” the official description notes.

With Chad and Veronica’s relationship already on the outs before it even had a chance to thrive, does that mean there’s a chance Veronica and Archie reconcile eventually? 

While it’s unclear what the future holds, we also know that Vanessa Morgan’s real-life pregnancy is being written into the show. Is it a Choni baby? Or has Riverdale’s other favorite couple also broken up?

Mason is set to appear in the fourth episode of the series, which returns on Wednesday, January 20, and while we’re excited to see how senior year pans out and to finally solve the mystery of those VHS tapes, we also can’t wait to see what post-college life looks for everyone!

What do you think of this casting news? Sound off in the comments! 


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Is a #Choni Baby on the Way? Vanessa Morgan Says Her Pregnancy Will Be Written Into ‘Riverdale’

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Vanessa Morgan says her pregnancy will be written into Riverdale. Is a #Choni Baby on the Way?

Toni Topaz is having a baby! 

Vanessa Morgan announced that Riverdale is incorporating her real-life pregnancy into the storyline. 

Officially on maternity leave!!!! Ahh!! Feeling grateful to my showrunner & producers for being so accommodating & writing my pregnancy into the show!🤰🏽Also proud of my body for allowing me to still work almost 9 months preggo. Now time to have a baby,” she captioned an Instagram photo behind-the-scenes of The CW show. 

It seems that Toni’s pregnancy will become part of the five-year flash-forward story arc, which has many fans wondering if she’s still dating Cheryl Blossom. 

Is a Choni baby on the way?

Riverdale Season 5 was supposed to kick off with a time-jump. However, since Riverdale Season 4 was cut short by the COVID pandemic, the time-jump has been slightly pushed back. 

Not much has been revealed about the time-jump as the upcoming season 5 trailer focuses mostly on the VHS tape mystery and senior prom, however, show creator Roberto Aguirre Sacasa gave fans a glimpse at “future Kevin Keller.”

Well, here’s one spoiler for what happened during #Riverdale’s time-jump: Kevin Keller got hella swole. Both Kevin–and @caseycott–are KILLING IT this season. The world is not ready for Episode 8…,” he captioned a photo of Casey Cott’s character in nothing but a towel! 
 

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Morgan’s Riverdale castmates helped her celebrate her baby boy with a Halloween-themed baby shower! 

The actress dressed up with Camila Mendes (Veronica), Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl). She was a skeleton while the trio dressed as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls.


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Who Is Behind Riverdale’s Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

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Who Is Behind Riverdale's Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

The Riverdale season 5 trailer reveals that we’ll finally be getting to the bottom of the VHS tape mystery… and more specifically, the voyeur behind the increasingly violent and disturbing tapes.

Aside from the prom, the tapes — many of which have featured hours of footage of the exterior of residents’ homes — seem to be the crux of the upcoming season as the writers wrap up all the storylines that were intended for season 4 before it was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Season 5 was initially supposed to kick-off with a five-year time-jump, which fans are hoping will happen sooner rather than later.

Let’s take a look at some potential suspects who may be responsible for the tapes: 

First Look: ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Prom Night, VHS Tape Mystery and More

Charles (and Chic)

Charles has the time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation since he’s so close to Jughead, Betty, and the inner-circle and eavesdrops on their conversations. He could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet, plus he’s able to distribute the videos as many keep popping up at his workplace. Charles has been helping the duo investigate the videos and yet, they aren’t any closer to figuring out the truth, which could be his play all along. Maybe he’s manipulating them as part of a larger agenda.

Fans have suspected him from day one since he hasn’t been truly honest about who he is and what his motivations are. And then there’s the fact that he has a secret relationship with Chic, the disturbed man who pretended to be him in previous seasons and also wants revenge on the Cooper/Jones fmailies. He’s a prime-suspect… and for good reason!

 

Bret

We know Bret was using outdated technology — ahem, VHS tapes — for blackmail purposes, but would they be that obvious? Maybe Bret and the Stonies are playing some long game because we know that they truly despised Jughead and Betty. 

They’d obviously want revenge for getting thrown in jail, but if Bret is behind bars, who is doing his dirty work? In the trailer, he also warns Jughead and Betty of what’s coming next, which paints him as a suspect. How else would he possibly know anything unless he’s responsible/in cahoots with someone that’s behind the tapes? There’s only so much he can do behind bars. 

 

Mr Honey

There’s always a chance that Mr. Honey is still alive. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time this show has faked a character death, possibly to further his plans. He took the job at Stonewall Prep (plagued with its own issues) rather quickly!

The Riverdale season 4 finale attempted to redeem him, but Mr. Honey was pegged at the season’s villain when he made it clear he had a vendetta against the students for no reason. And he always had a weird obsession with Riverdale and its residents and was even caught trying to make his own movie, which he explained as an attempt at protecting the students. The person behind the videos is re-enacting Riverdale’s darkest mysteries and moments as to punish and teach those involved a lesson, and who better than someone who has been getting to know the town on a personal level?

 

Evelyn Evernever

It’s wishful thinking to have run Evelyn out of town. She’s crazy enough to be able to pull off anything, as we’ve seen with her dealings with the Farm. She’s also never shied away from her desire to torture Betty and the rest of her friends even while behind bars! Maybe she’s still in cahoots with Donna? The enemy of my enemy is my friend after all. Evelyn has plenty of reasons to want revenge for the murder of her husband, Edgar. Or maybe Edgar is still alive? And they’re both pulling the strings to torture the town!

There were a lot of “Farmies” that were brainwashed, so she could even be getting help from anyone including the likes of Mr. Weatherbee or poor Kevin.

And let’s be honest, she’s never actually cared about the residents of Riverdale — she’s always enjoyed messing with them.

 

Hiram Lodge

I’ll be surprised when there’s a day that Hiram Lodge isn’t behind the creepy happenings in Riverdale. Whoever is making the videos knows personal details about specific incidents such as Jason and Clifford Blossom’s deaths. Hiram knows everything; he has people and eyes everywhere, and he’s not above an evil scheme if it works in his favor. Over the past seasons, he’s become less and less villainous (though, he’s tried), so maybe this is his way of redeeming himself in a final hurrah. 

Jelly Bean would have been a strong contender in this category. Her arrival was under false pretenses and coincided with the arrival of the tapes. She hasn’t had an easy upbringing, it was upended, and then her mother was sent away, so maybe she’s bored and lashing out. However, all of that seems to be discredited by the clip in the trailer which shows her getting a knife dragged across her face as she sleeps peacefully.

Other possibilities include Betty in a compelled trance, Jason Blossom from beyond the grave, or Polly, who was also easily pulled in by The Farmies. 

I’d like it best if all the “villains” — Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Bret — were all working together to mess with the rest of the town. 
 

Why do you think the voyeur is doing this? Is it another situation like the Black Hood trying to “wipe out” the sin in town? Is there a darker reason behind the tapes? Or is this just an amateur stalker hoping to get a rise out of the small town residents?


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